Ever been away from home and forgotten your toothpaste? It’s horrible. You brush away with water alone, then spend the day feeling certain your breath smells like a week-old ham sandwich wrapped in a gym sock.
But panic not: a Japanese designer has the solution to your dental dramas. Kosho Ueshima has collaborated with tech company Yumeshokunin, creating a toothbrush that works without toothpaste. The bristles are coated with nano-sized mineral ions, which are designed to get rid of stains and also leave a protective layer on your pearly whites. All you need to do is dip the bristles in water, to loosen the ions, and start brushing.
Those bristles are super small, too: at 0.178mm, they really can squeeze pretty much anywhere, even around that wonky wisdom tooth. So, the bit of pulled pork that’s been bothering you since November? Gone.
We particularly love the design, which is based on a stream of water. Lovely, right? The guys at Wallpaper think so – they gave the toothbrush a 2016 design award. It’s even got a lovely name: Misoka. It means ‘last day of the month’ in Japanese, which is a reminder that you’ll need to replace the brush every four weeks.
Definitely something to smile about.